hero’s journey

Using an ancient map to find our way home . . .

I keep this poem in a frame on my desk because long ago I learned from Soygal Rinpoche’s writings that our mind is like a flea. Thanks to him, one day when I was seriously considering suicide I sat and watched my mind for a few minutes and saw clearly for the first time that […]

My all too human dilemma . . .

_ Yet again I am ready to let go of what is getting in my way. I know I can do this — I just haven’t figured out how to remember what I know yet. The idea of going back into my childhood, trying to reconstruct it so I can “understand” it and “process” it feels […]

In Which Tigger is Unbounced . . .

Meet Amelia, who has been driving me crazy the past few weeks. She is much too bouncy, being a kitten with all the endless energy and curiosity that kittendom brings with it. Some months ago, I lost my beautiful soulmate cat Mombasa, and after grieving deeply for her, we decided it might be a good idea to get a kitten […]

An empowering survival strategy for these times . . .

I was watching a video in which Rick Hansen, neuropsychologist and author of the books Buddha’s Brain and One Good Thing, explained it wasn’t my fault that I focused more on negative thoughts than positive ones. It seems that the ancient part of our brains has a negativity bias, just like the antelopes in the African savannah. […]

Counteracting the Destructive Power of Shaming: The Women’s March on 1.21.17

I had the good fortune some years ago to attend a training event with Dr. David Hawkins, author of Power vs Force. We spent the day exploring his Map of Consciousness — and this experience changed the way I saw the world. We learned that human beings have a range of consciousness, from being in a state of […]

My Second 73rd Birthday . . .

Remember the movie Groundhog Day? When Bill Murray keeps waking up each day with a do-over? Well, I’m having a Groundhog Year! Due to my error in calculation several years ago, I am once again 73. Not 74. I’ve gotten a do-over . . . While we all may get confused about aspects of our […]

Awakening Your Hero’s Journey

I had no idea how much my life would change the day I signed up for courses in Mythology and World Theatre my freshman year in college. Learning about the Hero’s Journey in the early 60’s opened a whole new world for me. Now, looking back over my life, I see that what I presumed was just sheer […]

Confessions of a Meditator

I have a confession to make. I don’t always meditate every day, even though I tell everyone they should. What happens to me is what happens to most of us. We have every intention to stop, to sit still for brief time, to just be. But life gets going, we get revved up, and the day […]